Founders of a proposed American Marine University hope to have a 215-acre site in north Manatee for its main campus within the next three months.

The location is in Manatee County’s “port encouragement zone,” where the county offers expedited permitting and other incentives to businesses that will utilize nearby Port Manatee.

“We hope to be welcoming students in August 2017,” ‘…The first class will be very small, about 100 to 500.” Eventually, the university could have 4,500 students. Build-out of the campus could take about 10 years.

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